This week Chevrolet took the wraps off the all-new 2018 Traverse crossover. The reveal marks the replacement of the current one that’s had an extended stay on the market, launching in 2008. It’s unquestionably an important vehicle for the bow-tie brand, not only because three-row crossovers are a critical segment, but also for GM’s financial well-being.
One key takeaway from seeing the new Traverse in the flesh is that it’s huge. It looks bigger than the outgoing Traverse, which is a big vehicle itself. A quick glance at the specifications of both the current Traverse and the new one confirms the dimensions of the new one have grown in nearly every direction (see below chart).
Oddly enough, despite larger overall dimensions, the new Traverse has less cargo volume. Instead, it looks as though GM focused their efforts on increasing legroom and passenger comfort versus added cargo volume. It does beg the question of where the extra 2″ in wheelbase ended up, though.
Nonetheless, the new Traverse certainly has a higher degree of passenger comfort. It also looks good, unlike today’s model. And the fact it’s shed about 400-pounds won’t hurt matters either given it is powered by a more powerful version of the current one’s 3.6-liter V-6.
|Specification||2018 Traverse||2017 Traverse|
|Curb Weight||4,362 lbs||4,713 lbs|
|Cargo (behind 3rd)||23 cu ft||24.4 cu ft|
|Cargo (behind 2nd)||58.1 cu ft||70.3 cu ft|
|Cargo (behind front)||98.5 cu ft||116.3 cu ft|